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Sports franchises face pressure to change names with Native American emblems
fstop123/iStock By: ERIC MOLLO, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- With America in the midst of a reckoning over racial inequality, more athletes are continuing to speak out across the sports world. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray, Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield, and star running back Adrian Peterson are just a few of several athletes announcing they plan to kneel during the playing of the National Anthem this upcoming season. They are doing so in solidarity with former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who knelt during the playing of the national anthem to protest police brutality and social injustice in America. Over the...
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Andy Murray, Duchess Kate surprise students with video call on would-be start of Wimbeldon
Scott Clarke / ESPN Images (LONDON) -- Along with Wimbledon champion Andy Murray, Duchess Kate surprised tennis fans from Bond Primary School in South London on a video call Friday."The former Wimbledon Champion shared his experiences of playing tennis growing up, some vital tips to better their game and how he's managed training over the last few months," Kensington Royal shared in a post along with a video capture from the duo's video call.Many people commented on the Duchess of Cambridge's radiance with comments such as "She just exudes calm kind vibes. Someone who is very self assured and has...
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Valentina Sampaio becomes 1st openly transgender 'Sports Illustrated' swimsuit model
Photo by Tommaso Boddi/WireImage By JACQUELINE LAUREAN YATES, ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Valentina Sampaio has become the first transgender model to grace the pages of Sports Illustrated's highly coveted swimsuit issue."I was so surprised," Sampaio told Good Morning America. "It means a lot, not just for myself but for all the LGBTQ+ community."Sampaio wears a gold bikini and natural makeup in the magazine."The team at SI has created yet another groundbreaking issue by bringing together a diverse set of multi-talented, beautiful women in a creative and dignified way," she wrote in an Instagram post sharing the news.Being featured in the...
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Orlando Magic player tests positive for coronavirus, team official says
cmannphoto/iStock By ABC News(ORLANDO, Fla.) -- On the same day the Orlando Magic arrived at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex to prepare for the upcoming NBA season restart, officials said one of their players will be temporally benched by the coronavirus.Magic president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman made the announcement during a videoconference with reporters on Tuesday. The unidentified player had previously tested positive during the NBA's last round of testing that began on June 23."That player is following protocol and and we're hoping that he can join us shortly," Weltman said.The team did not say which player...
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WNBA dedicates 2020 season to social justice efforts
iStock/olcaytoibili (NEW YORK) -- BY: MEREDITH DELISOThe WNBA and WNBPA announced on Monday that they will be putting work into social justice and honoring the Black Lives Matter movement in the 2020 season.This includes a new platform, The Justice Movement, and a social justice council, as players have been increasing their efforts to support social justice on and off the courts.When the season kicks off in late July at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida, teams will wear special uniforms to call for justice for women and girls including Breonna Taylor, who was shot and killed by Louisville, Kentucky, police...
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Washington Redskins considering changing name just to be 'politically correct': Trump
ABC News (WASHINGTON) -- BY: OLIVIA EUBANKSPresident Donald Trump on Monday weighed in on the Washington Redskins football team and Cleveland Indians baseball team considering changing their names -- names Native Americans have long complained are racially offensive.While he didn't flat-out say he’s opposed to a change in their names, he tweeted that the franchises are trying to be "politically correct" and his views seemed clear. He took a swipe as well at Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who he repeatedly calls "Pocahontas," claiming she misrepresented her Native American ancestry."They name teams out of STRENGTH, not weakness, but now the Washington...
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Trump lashes out at Bubba Wallace, NASCAR over noose investigation, Confederate flag ban
Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour By IVAN PEREIRA, ABC News(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump lashed out at NASCAR's only full-time Black driver on Twitter Monday morning, demanding he apologize for an investigation into an apparent noose found in the driver's garage.In the same tweet, the president also blasted NASCAR for banning Confederate flags from all raceways.A Richard Petty Motorsports crew person saw and reported an apparent noose on June 21 in a Talladega Superspeedway garage that was assigned to driver Bubba Wallace and his team.Wallace has been vocal about his support for the Black Lives Matter movement and...
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Report: Redskins' minority owners looking to sell shares in team
33ft/iStock By JEANETTE TORRES-PEREZ, ABC News (NEW YORK) -- The minority owners of the Washington Redskins are reportedly looking to get rid of their shares in the NFL team.The Washington Post reports Robert Rothman, Dwight Schar and Frederick W. Smith have enlisted the help of an investment banking firm to search for possible buyers.The three businessmen, who altogether own approximately 40% of the Redskins, are "not happy being a partner" with team owner Daniel Snyder, sources told The Post.The news comes after the team announced last week that it would begin a “thorough review” of its controversial name that Native...
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NHL, NHLPA finalize protocols for season to resume in Edmonton and Toronto
francisblack/iStock By ABC News (NEW YORK) -- The NHL and NHLPA have finalized the protocols for the season to resume this summer in Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly told ESPN.As of Sunday night, the sides still were finalizing the details of a memorandum of understanding for a collective bargaining agreement extension.The Phase 3 (training camp) and Phase 4 (24-team tournament) return-to-play protocols will need to be approved by the NHLPA's executive committee, which is composed of one representative from each of the 31 teams. Once that is done, the entire package -- both the return-to-play protocol...
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Washington Redskins to undergo 'thorough review' of team name
Phil Ellsworth / ESPN Images By LAUREN LANTRY, ABC News(ASHBURN, Va.) -- The Washington Redskins, the NFL football team representing the nation’s capital, announced Friday it would begin a “thorough review” of its controversial name that Native Americans have long objected to as racially offensive.In a statement the team said the decision was made “in light of recent events around our country and feedback from our community" and it comes after a month of protests calling for racial justice and equality.“This process allows the team to take into account not only the proud tradition and history of the franchise but...
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